Northwest (OR WA)

"GMO Labeling a Hot Ballot Fight in Washington State"

"OLYMPIA, Washington -- With one day before the election in Washington State, grassroots organization Food Democracy Now! is urging its 650,000 members and citizens everywhere to make calls urging voters to support Yes on 522, a ballot initiative that would require labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms."

Source: ENS, 11/05/2013

"The County Council Election That Could Make or Break Big Coal"

"Last week, the Whatcom County Council in northwestern Washington voted to buy six new SUVs for the local Sheriff's Department and introduced its annual road construction plan. These were significant developments in this sleepy rural enclave of scarcely 200,000 people, but nothing compared to what's on the horizon: A proposal to build the largest coal export terminal on the West Coast, capable of annually shipping a whopping 48 million tons of Montana and Wyoming coal to Asia."

Source: Mother Jones, 10/29/2013

Calif., Oregon, Washington, British Columbia Sign Climate Change Pact

"SAN FRANCISCO -- Saying that the West Coast must lead the way in battling climate change, the governors of California, Oregon and Washington, along with the premier of British Columbia, signed an agreement Monday committing the Canadian province and the three states to coordinate global-warming policies."

Source: San Jose Mercury News, 10/29/2013
July 31, 2017

DEADLINE: Grist Fellowship Program

The six-month, paid Grist Fellowship Program in Seattle is an opportunity for early-career writers, editors, and others with diverse backgrounds to hone their journalistic skills at a national news outlet and deepen their knowledge of environmental issues. Fellows will make daily contributions to Grist’s editorial operations. Cash stipend. Next deadline: Jul 31.

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November 14, 2013

Book Author Pitch Slam in Seattle

Is there a topic you've been covering in depth that is screaming for further, more in-depth exploration? Is there an untold story or piece of environmental science or history that is unique to this region and its people that you've been pondering? Now is the time to bring out your ideas. Come to the first University of Washington Press/SEJ book pitch slam Thursday, November 14, 2013 from 6-8 pm in Seattle.

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Toxic Tank Cars? There's an App for That

When the Oregon government refused to tell her about oil trains, Eugene Weekly environment reporter Camilla Mortensen (pictured) learned about them from a train-hopping local cinematographer. Now you can roam the freight yards with your camera and know what you are looking at. And/or download the UN Number app.

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"Is Coal Port Money Fueling Republicans’ Campaigns?"

"Promoters of a giant coal export terminal, proposed for north of Bellingham, have given $40,000 to the Washington Republican Party, bucks that a Western Washington University professor suspects are being funneled into campaigns of sympathetic but officially 'non-partisan' Whatcom County Council candidates."

Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 10/04/2013

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